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Hemis Festival

Hemis festival is celebrated in the courtyard of the biggest Buddhist Monestry, Hemis Gompa in Ladakh. It celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. This festival falls on the tenth day of the Tibetan lunar month. The ceremonies start on with an early morning ritual atop the Gompa.
For the occasion, the local people are seen to be dressed up in their traditional garb. Mystic masked dance and scared plays are performed by the Lamas accompanied with long horns and drums. The celebration is presided over by the head of the lama. The special highlight of this festival is the fair that displays colourful handicrafts.
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